14 Reasons Why America Is Increasingly Polarized
Do you agree with these reasons for polarization in America?
America’s modern political climate has been described as a “culture of contempt” in Arthur Brooks’ forthcoming book Love Your Enemies. Seeking to understand why this is, the president of the bipartisan organization Better Angels David Blankenhorn has outlined 14 reasons why he believes the country is so polarized.
Do you think this culture of contempt be counteracted? If so, how can we as American citizens take the right steps towards a bipartisan future? Leave your comments below.
- The end of the Cold War.
- The rise of identity-politics groups.
- Growing religious diversity.
- Growing racial and ethnic diversity.
- The passing of the Greatest Generation.
- Geographical sorting.
- Political party sorting.
- New rules for Congress.
- New rules for political parties.
- New political donors.
- New political districts.
- The spread of “media ghettoes”.
- The decline of journalistic responsibility.
- The growing influence of certain ways of thinking about each other.
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